Kitchee SC acting head coach Kim Dong-jin (41) sees hope in a disappointing loss.
Kitchee SC lost 1-2 to Jeonbuk Hyundai 1-2 in the fifth leg of their 2023-2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) Group F match at Hong Kong Stadium at 7 p.m. (ET) on Monday.
The result leaves Kitchee at the bottom of the group with one draw, four losses and one point. Jeonbuk, on the other hand, remains second in the group with three wins, two losses, and nine points.
Kitchee got off to a shaky start, conceding two goals in the first half alone. Both were the result of regrettable mistakes. In the first, the goalkeeper didn’t get a good grip on the ball, and in the second, central defender Andrew James Russell lost the ball to Song Min-gyu and gave it away.
Kitchee capitalized on their numerical advantage when Jung Tae-wook was sent off just before halftime. However, Kitchee could only muster a single goal in the second half, failing to secure a point.
After the game, acting head coach Kim Dong-jin said, “It was a tough game. We conceded two goals in the first half due to our mistakes. In the second half, we were more aggressive as they had one less player, and we created a lot of chances. But we couldn’t finish,” he said.
However, he added: “Jeonbuk is a strong team. The manager, coaching staff, and players are all outstanding. They are always in the top tier and have historically won a lot of trophies in the K League and ACL.” “But today, I think we showed everything we had prepared for. We were unfortunate to make some mistakes in the first half, but we pushed them hard and made it difficult for them. It was a great experience.”
Acting head coach Kim Dong-jin added: “There have been a lot of changes this season. I’ve been working hard to build the team since I took over as acting coach. We have good players. But when I was a player and when I was the head coach, we played a more dominant style, and I want to continue that style. I’m trying to figure out how to run the game efficiently. But today, against a strong team, we created a lot of chances in the final third and in the midfield. Of course, we need to be more decisive at the end. From now on, we will focus on finishing in the final third.” 무지개토토 도메인
Kitchee will not be able to play in the ACL Elite (ACLE) next season due to the reorganization of the ACL. The Hong Kong league only has 1.5 ACL2 spots available.
Acting head coach Kim Dong-jin said, “We’re still second in the league and still in contention for the title. We can still compete in ACL2. The important thing is that we didn’t give up (this season). It’s meaningful that we were able to participate in the ACL. We need to improve our performance and level. It was a chance for us to improve ourselves.”